The Chairman of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin wrote a letter to the President of the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Pedro Agramunt, in which he expressed a desire to “resume meaningful dialogue”, reported on the website of the lower house of Parliament.

In a statement on the website of the state Duma said that the letter Volodin was a response to the proposal of Agramunt about the person. Volodin also thanked the PACE President for the congratulations in connection with the election to the presidency. The letter was sent on October 21.

“I hope the coincidence of our views on the basic principles of democracy and parliamentarism, which is contrary to deprivation voting rights and powers of delegation will allow us to resume a comprehensive dialogue in the framework of PACE,” the letter said Volodin.

In the spring of 2014 Russia was deprived of voting rights in PACE in connection with the annexation of Crimea to Russia. However, the Russian delegates had the right to attend the meetings. The last four sessions of the PACE deputies of the state Duma ignored.

In addition, Russia refused to invite the delegates of PACE in the parliamentary elections that took place in September 2016. The Russian foreign Ministry then said that you first need to fully restore the Russian delegation’s rights, and then to consider the question of inviting representatives of the PACE.

Chairman of the state Duma wrote to the head of the PACE letter, the desire to “resume meaningful dialogue” 22.10.2016

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